VLADIMIR Putin is expected to “intensify” the war in Ukraine as he seeks revenge for the blast on his Crimean bridge.
An explosion at the 12-mile bridge just before dawn yesterday killed three people and cut a vital supply line for Russian forces on Ukraine’s southern front.
Western officials believe the Russian leader will now seek revenge for the bridge explosion, which was a pet project of Putin.
Earlier, the Kremlin had warned that any attack on the Kerch Strait would trigger “Doomsday.”
After the explosion, Putin called an emergency cabinet meeting in the morning.
Later, the Kremlin said only that it would strengthen its defenses around the bridge.
However, Russian officials said they expected an aggressive response.
Russian Senator Alexander Bashkin said: “This was a declaration of war without rules,” adding that the Kremlin’s response would be “appropriate, deliberate and possibly asymmetrical.”
Putin has already appointed General Sergei Surovikin to take command of Russian forces desperate to regroup amid the struggling invasion.
According to Russian investigators, the blast was caused by an exploding truck but shied away from blaming Ukraine.
Video surveillance of the blast shows the blast on the roadway, which appears to be centered around a large semi-truck.
Kyiv has not claimed responsibility, but an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was “just the beginning,” adding, “Anything stolen must be brought back to Ukraine.”
The Ukrainian security service said: “The bridge is burning beautifully”.
Zelenskyy took the opportunity to mock Putin in a funny weather report.
During his late night video address on Telegram, the Ukrainian leader quipped that conditions were “overcast in Crimea”.
President Zelenskyy said: “Today was a good and mostly sunny day in our country.
“It was around 20 degrees Celsius and sunny over most of the territory.
“Unfortunately, it was cloudy in Crimea, although it was still warm. But whatever the clouds, Ukrainians know what to do and they know our future is sunny.”
Analysts in the West said Putin will escalate his attack on Ukraine and the threat of nuclear war has increased.
General Lord Dannatt, the former chief of the army, said he expected indiscriminate shelling of Ukrainian civilian targets and that there was a risk Mr Putin “could go nuclear”.
The Crimean Bridge has now partially reopened to traffic, but video footage shows it was badly damaged.
Part of the road bridge had fallen into the sea and a fire destroyed a section of the railway line next to it.
Russian lines are set to collapse dramatically in eastern Ukraine as President Zelenskyy’s men continue their blitz counteroffensive in the region.
Ukrainian fighters have retaken parts of territory in the northeastern Kharkiv region and are closing in on Kherson – which, if caught, would be a monumental and embarrassing defeat for the Kremlin.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6399871/putin-step-up-ukraine-war-revenge-crimea-bridge/ Putin “will intensify the war in Ukraine in revenge for the Crimean bridge blow-up,” while officials have dubbed the blast a “war without rules.”